10 dentists who gave back to their community this summer

Most dentists didn't enter the field just because they liked working on people's teeth, but rather to create positive changes in their community's health and overall well-being.

Below is a list of the dentists who launched efforts to better their communities this summer, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

  1. New Orleans dentist Bristol Williams, DDS, used her own money to hold a voter registration drive for her community.

  2. Kentucky dentist Suzanne Spencer, DMD, opened a temporary learning space for her employees' children as they begin a new remote learning school year.

  3. California pediatric dentist Kami Hoss, DDS, wrote a book and songs to ease patient fears amid the pandemic.

  4. Georgia dentist Heavenly Kimes, DDS, performed free oral surgery for Miracle Boyd, an 18-year-old activist whose front teeth fell out after she was struck in the face by a Chicago police officer during a protest.

  5. California dentist Donald Montano, DDS, will ride his bike 3,400 miles across the U.S. starting Sept. 12 to raise money for a nonprofit organization that helps increase dental care access among children and young adults.

  6. Chicago dentist Ogbonna Bowden, DDS, rolled out a mobile dentistry service that provides children on the city's South Side with free exams, screenings and cleanings.

  7. Praveen Arany, DDS, led a team from the University at Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine in using 3D printers to supply local dentists with face shields as they struggled to procure sufficient personal protective equipment.

  8. Guy Gross, DDS, and Kate Gross, DDS, encouraged local high school and college students to apply for a scholarship to the Leadership and Educational Advancement Program Week through their Kansas dental practice's scholarship fund.

  9. New Hampshire dentist Peter Arsenault, DMD, donated his emerging surgical mask company's entire stock to front-line workers.

  10. C.J. Henley, DMD, hired a teacher to instruct his staff's children four days a week at his Jacksonville, Fla.-based practice.

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